State of Grace

2002 / Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC / Photograph

State of Grace depicts a young Indigenous woman slumbering, draped in white cloth that spills around her body. She looks serene, relaxed. Yet the paper on which the photograph is printed has been slashed into vertical strips, suggestive of a latent violence inflicted on her body.

Rupert Nuttle, Beauty in Difficult Places: the Visual World of Rebecca Belmore, National Gallery of Canada, August 2018

Photo credit: Donna Hagerman, Howard Ursuliak / Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (installation view)